Where SPI Seeds Come From

Seed Programs International

SPI seed sourcing inforgraphic 2015

Seed Programs International works by reclaiming seeds that might otherwise go to waste. Here’s how we do it.

The seed trade produces tons of vegetable seed each year and then tests it to ensure that seed production was successful.

Sometimes there are problems. Say, for example, that 20% of a production lot of carrot seed grows carrots too short for commercial growers.

The short carrots don’t meet professional standards and there’s no way to sort out the two types of carrot seed. It all looks the same. So, the entire lot of carrot seed is now unmarketable. But it’s still a source of great food!

Seed Programs International maintains relationships with seed companies so they can find a home for these unmarketable seeds. The companies donate the seed in bulk. SPI keeps seeds stored and tested. We package it, printed in appropriate languages, for use to relieve hunger and malnutrition worldwide.

Sometimes, the process is a little different. Instead of donating unmarketable seed, companies provide seed simply because they want to help us transform the world into one where more people have enough to eat.

Share this post

Submit to DeliciousSubmit to DiggSubmit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to StumbleuponSubmit to TechnoratiSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

Contact Us

Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815


Seed Programs Canada (Affiliate)

Registered Charity No. 839858107RR0001
Lombardy, ON

Get Connected

Facebook  Twitter  Email

Join Our Newsletter

Signup with your email address below to receive our quarterly e-newsletter.


Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.